Gay Black Men and HIV/AIDS: What You Need to Know

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  • September 27 Is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
  • Stop Blaming AIDS on the DL!
  • The Sobering Statistics
  • Do Black MSM Have More Risk Factors?
  • So Then Why Are the Rates So High?
  • Black MSM Come Into Contact With HIV More Often
  • Older Men, Younger Partners
  • Ditching Condoms in Relationships
  • Past History of Abuse
  • Why Knowing Your Status Is Key
  • Ending Homophobia and Stigma

The Sobering Statistics

A 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that HIV rates among young men who have sex with men (MSM) ages 13-24 were up 22 percent between the years 2008-2010, with young Black MSM making up 55 percent of those infections. According to the Black AIDS Institute, a Black gay man has a 1 in 4 chance of becoming infected by age 25. By age 40, he has a 60 percent chance of becoming HIV positive.

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